State antler restriction for deer considered July 23, 2011, New York

State antler restriction for deer considered July 23, 2011, New York, 
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...Gary Alt..took over whitetail deer management in [Pennsylvania]...and began an antler restriction program....The quality of Pennsylvania's deer herds improved in many areas. Larger, big-racked bucks have been harvested in the past six years of the program...Currently [in New York], any deer with at least one antler measuring three inches is considered a legal buck to harvest. NYSWMC has produced surveys showing more than half (about 57 percent) of yearling bucks are harvested in the first year. After a five-year AR program, that harvest rate drops to 15 percent and more mature 2-year-olds dominate at 49 percent....

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